Sacramento, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$7,200 ($1,104)
Branch Campus Of
Los Rios Community Colleges
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Reviews 1004 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Career Services: Post Grad Services – American River has a great transfer center and also a wonderful career center.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: The Best Online Classes – In my experience, the best online courses are those in which the professor has provided you with access to the entire course right from the start. Even if is not a self paced course, you still hve the opportunity of reviewing upcoming assignments instead of waiting til the last minute.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Happy With My School – Returning to school after aq 20 year absence I was afraid I wouldn't fit in and also that I would have a hard time completing all of my pre reqs just to be able to apply tho Nursing School. But I was wrong. Every single class I have taken has been loaded with students that are eager to help a fellow classmate whenever possible.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Horror of a.R.C. I was going to Sierra and was forced to go to ARC. As soon as I lost my financial aid because I have to many credits/units. So while fighting the horrible appeals process I got bad grades and lost my financial aid for the whole year.

3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: Don't Lack – I'm getting a little bit of financial aid, it helps when I don't had enough to play tuition. I am getting well value the money I am paying for the education. I am okay with the expensive. I have learn the way it is more important get all financial aid forms in on time. don't want to get the same mistake twice or more. I wish every school would do the different make the fees get better to known.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Glad With School – school is very important to me. I don't have to stay home and stress out not learning anything. I am glad that I'm going back to school I don't have typically college to go but I attended school called American River College. It is small college community. as long as I had diploma with me and pass, I'm so happy to my school learn new experience and with others.

2 College Freshman

Campus Resources: Social Life Doesn't Really Exist – Everyone seems to not really talk to other people. It's very hard to get to know new people because everyone so very involved in their own world.

4 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Los Rios District – I like that you can jump from one school to another (4 community colleges) in the district.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Los Rios District – I like that you can jump from one school to another (4 community colleges) in the district.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: ARC is a well known college, and part of the Los Rios colleges. It is the best of the four Los Rios colleges. In California, ARC is considered one of the best community colleges available. ARC has many great majors and degrees offered. I got to experience two majors at ARC: science and business. the science department is very well equipped, and offers varying sciences including biotechnology. ARC also has an amazing culinary program, and includes its own student run restaraunt on campus available by reservations.

4 College Junior

Student Body: Diversity, Diversity, Diversity – I have never seen such a large group of people. Most of the students seem to be returning students who are juggling school with their family, and with work. Most students are very focused on earning their degrees and while there are always a few spoiled apples, the overall environment and feel coming from the students is that of focus and seriousness with their education.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Unique Classes With Excellent Instructors! My school offers a wide variety of very interesting classes and many of the instructors I have had were excellent and extremely knowledgeable about their topics and were able to really get me involved and interested in the material!There's a class here for everyone.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Counselors Help! Before starting at my college, I had to meet with a counselor to discuss my goals, major, enrollment, etc. I was given one at random, a time to meet and instructions on what to bring, which was very nice. I met her and told her what my goals were, and after a little more discussion, she told me every single course I could take that would fill my general ed. requirements and would transfer to a four year university! I was thrilled that I could take all these classes. She even helped me deal with complications in some of the prerequisites for a couple classes I will have to take. I would be so lost without the help of that counselor! The only problems I've had are availability of classes since I had low priority for selection as a new college student, and money issues, which is a different story.

2 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: So far, my education is worth the money, but financial aid isn't easy to obtain. My family is middle class and, according to the government and every financial aid program I've dealt with, my mom makes more than enough money to support two of her four kids going to college. She is about to file bankruptcy though. So she really cannot afford to pay for my college education. My school's financial aid office's value comes from the fact that they can help me find scholarships, because federal grant and money programs are of no use to me.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: They all spend a lot of time with students. There is always a way to meet up with a professor and get to know them.

5 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: I came to this school because I couldn't get financial aid at the university that I was going to. I wasn't treated well and recieved no aid from the university so I went to this school because I could afford it and I wouldn't get into debt. The pricing is good here because we are getting the same credits for the same classes taken at university at a quarter of the cost.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Online Class – You get to work at your pace instead of rushing to get things done in you class

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Different Writing Programs – They have different programs that help students with their writing. They based it off of your classes you're taking that way they can help you a little bit more

College Freshman

Academic Experience: Fashion Design – Creative, Outgoing, Research, Observing fashion trends and history of fashion. Unique aspects are bringing your own creative ideas to life.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The Library – When I first started going to ARC, the library was under construction. Now, it's amazing. The first floor is full of computers and seating. The seating on the first floor is more for groups, with large desks and tables with multiple chairs. If you're looking to study solo, go to the second floor, where there are desks split into fours and lots of comfy chairs at a comfortable distance from each one.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Computer Summary – The only problem is that there isn't always a computer available, but that depends on the time of day. There's always a point in the day when you could use one for any needs you have.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Budget cuts aren't actually American Rivers problem but when I am either unable to get a class that I need for my degree/certificate because they had to get rid of classes and my program happened to be the one that got cut, so even trying to stick to classes that go towards my general requirements for any degree I'm faced with the issue of being put on a waitlist, if that's not full, because so many other students are also trying to do the exact thing I'm doing. Other than that most of my professors have been nice and I think the school is a lot more involved with the students than I expected.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Intro to Data Communications_ CISC350 – It is a basic course that uses the "Moodle" Online course management system. It is very simple to use. There is a "Discussion" feature that allows you to post any questions regarding the assignment and receive feedback from either other students or the instructor.

3 College Senior

Career Services: Career Center – The career center is great, they have many events throughout the school year that help you get possible jobs and check out different career options. They are open to helping anyone that comes in, everytime i've been in there someone has been able to answer my question. I do have to say a lot of times the line has been long.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: American river college has been pretty decent when it comes to financial aid. I never really applied on time so part of the decent part is my fault. But other than that if you go to financial aid they are very helpful. I have never applied for any loans so i don't know how that process goes.


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